Detox products- useful results or a marketing myth?

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The word ‘detox’ is banded about regularly in the world of natural health and in the beauty industry. I was recently shown an article detailing some of the many products available with the word ‘detox’ in the description. They included shampoos, hair straighteners (?!), and facial foaming gels as well as the more usual nutritionally based products.

I wanted to talk about some of the products I have for sale in Sarah’s Holistic Shop. Firstly as a retailer of ‘detox’ products I would like to mention that having completed my year long massage diploma, which included anatomy and physiology as a core component I feel I have a certain level of awareness of the workings of the lymphatic system,and the digestive system both key systems involved any detoxification program.

One of the products I sell is the Skin Brush from Cytoplan. Skin brushing helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, in the same way that massage stimulates it. When the lymphatic system is stimulated by skin brushing it moves the toxins out of the lymphatic system and into the blood, towards the liver where they are detoxified. I particularly like skin brushing as a detox product due the fact I know that lots of studies have been done on lymphatic drainage massage such as the research done by Dr Raymond Perrin.

There are many herbal products around which claim to support detoxification. I retail a product called Cytocleanse which is a practitioner product rather than a mass produced product. It contains a variety of herbs and is designed to support colon health. By supporting the colon we are improving the body’s means by which to eliminate waste products this then helps the body to detoxify more efficiently.

Another useful ‘detox’ product available at Sarah’s Holistic Shop is Spirulina. The following information is provided by Cytoplan.“Spirulina is used in detoxification programmes and provides an ideal natural aid to detoxification. Spirulina’s unique combination of phytonutrients and chlorophyll provides a natural chelating and healing product, with evidence of benefits to heavy metal chelation. Research carried out on children with radiation sickness at the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk,Belarusin 1993 with Spirulina recorded results of reduced urine radioactivity levels by 50%.”

Its always interesting to me when there are studies done which seem to explain or confirm or even refute the healing benefits of certain substances, however we also have to consider that studies are often done by drug companies looking to make money. Where natural products are concerned it may not be possible to patent them therefore there isn’t the commercial interest in studying them, it’s down to universities etc and other organizations who may or may not have the funding to carry out such studies.

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